A resurfacing product called Skimstone
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My most pinned project by other people is one of the light switch covers I updated when we painted our kitchen. I found an extra outlet cover in a drawer to show you how I accomplished this art using Unicorn SPiT!
One of my very first yard projects was to create a planter bed and then my husband and I made pathway adjacent to it. Our plan for the backyard was to create a deck at one end of the path. However, our plan changed and now we are breaking down the path! Of course I can't just toss the Irish Moss I had planted between pavers. I will transplant them to the front yard and show you how!
A stone patio installation is likely the most backbreaking work you will ever do. But it’s also the most rewarding DIY! That’s because the money you save on labour can be put right back into high end finishes and accessories. In our case, that high end finish is real Travertine.We fully intended to splurge on this stone but as luck would have it, the company was moving locations and it was on clearance! Better to sell cheap than to shlep it to the new location, I guess!Anyway, installing real stone is as easy as pavers and looks so elegant when it’s done! So it’s nothing to be intimidated by!BeforeHere’s the yard we’re starting with. Thankfully by the end of our stone patio installation, our neighbours’ gargantuan satellite dish is gone! What an eyesore!
A deck is an extension of your home. An inviting outdoor living and entertaining space can increase its value. Over time, weather and heavy use damage the surface of wood decks but when fading, cracks, mold, mildew, warping, or other damage impacts the beauty or functionality of your deck; hiring a contractor or paying the cost of replacement is not the only option. The thick coating a deck resurfacer product provides improves and extends the life of wood that has developed imperfections over time. Because they are several times thicker than paint, a deck resurfacer will fill cracks and provide a smooth finish to even the most weathered surfaces.The wide variance in quality and results from the numerous wood deck resurfacing options available may make choosing the right product for your project seem like a daunting task— so let our deck resurfacer guide help you make the best choice for your DIY deck refinishing project. If you are hoping to restore a deck rather than replace it, these are our favorite wood deck resurfacing options.When considering options for wood deck resurfacing, there are some important factors to consider. Cost, durability, weather impacts on outdoor spaces in your location, and color options need to be considered; along with the degree of difficulty of application and total time required for the project. Here is a breakdown of variables to analyze when determining the best deck resurfacer for your needs:Price- Consider the price per gallon and the number of coats needed for the optimal finish while keeping in mind that a larger initial investment may save money over time by preventing the need for touch-ups, repair, or reapplication. The total cost of the product will depend on the size of the space and the number of coats required to achieve the desired outcome. Most deck refinishing options are sold by the gallon, cover around 75 square feet, and require two coats for optimal results. Factor in the cost of other supplies needed for the application and keep in mind that for severely weathered wood, proper surface preparation may require the purchase of deck cleaners to ensure the best result.Durability- Any deck resurfacer provides improved weather resistance but restoring the finish and improving the look of your deck should also prolong the life of your deck. The best deck resurfacer will provide weatherproof, fade-resistant coverage without peeling or cracking. A durable product will provide impressive— and most importantly—long-lasting results.Coverage- How the product coats the surface following the manufacturer’s guidelines for application depending on the degree of damage to the surface, the desired look, and the level of weather protection needed in a particular climate.Drying Time- The amount of time needed to wait between coats recommended by the product manufacturer determines how long the project will take from start to finish and weather conditions must be carefully considered.Features- Other features to consider about a deck resurfacing option:Color options are available in many products with some even offering custom matching.Ease of application including necessary tools and any steps unique to a particular product.Required surface preparation in order to achieve the best results from a deck resurfacer. While all products encourage you to closely follow the instructions for proper preparation, some surfaces require more preparation than others due to the nature of damage to the wood. A severely weathered surface will benefit from filling in deep cracks before applying the product to the entire area.KEY TERMS:Permeable: Allowing moisture to enter and evaporate rather than sealing it out completely or trapping it inside.Adhesion: The degree to which the wood surface retains the product and how well the product bonds to the surfaceViscosity: a fluid’s resistance to flow or how thin or thick (higher viscosity = thicker)VOCs: (Volatile Organic Compounds) Chemicals found in many home maintenance productsDECK REVIVE BY GULF SYNTHETICSWho this product is good for:Our pick for best overall, Deck Revive, is the best deck resurfacer option for anyone hoping to restore a deck and extend the life of weathered wood. While increasing the beauty, durability, and functionality of even a severely weathered wood deck, Deck Revive saves homeowners from paying the high cost of replacing their deck. The amount of coverage provided by the product makes it ideal for homeowners resurfacing a large deck or tackling numerous wood deck resurfacing projects.. Although extremely easy to apply, Deck Revive uses a multi-step application process best for an intermediate level DIYer.Pros and Cons:Pros:Superior adhesion results in excellent durabilityLong-lasting coverage for even large wood deck surfacesExtremely fast dryingMost environmentally friendly- zero VOCNo or low maintenance requiredCons:Price- Although the cost per square foot is very cost effective, the kit is currently only sold in a size large enough to cover 200 sq. ft., requires the additional purchase of their PermaBond primer, and must be mixed with a gallon of exterior paint purchased separately.DeckRevive is for wood only so if a buyer hopes to match a walkway or concrete surface, an additional concrete kit must be purchased.Multi-Step application that although simple requires mixing, using primer purchased separately, and must be combined with exterior paint.More Details:Our best ranked deck resurfacer provides the coverage and durability of an industrial strength coating on a DIY budget. With a one of a kind polymer formula, Deck Revive combines with exterior paint to form a long-lasting finish requiring very little maintenance. Unlike most deck resurfacing options that create an impenetrable waterproof barrier, Deck Revive is permeable. Its unique ability to allow moisture in that then evaporates back out— rather than getting trapped inside— prevents peeling, enables excellent product adhesion, and results in durability superior to other wood deck resurfacing options. Easy to apply, cost-effective coverage that is extremely durable makes Deck Revive our best overall.KILZ OVER ARMOR WOOD AND CONCRETE RESURFACERWho this product is good for:Kilz Over Armor wood and concrete resurfacer works well on decks, sidewalks, and concrete patio spaces and is available in a range of colors to complement or blend with other spaces. It is available in smooth finish as well as a textured finish that is well suited for more weathered or cracked wood and may also provide a bit more slip resistance than the smooth finish.Because of the thick consistency, OverArmor requires a bit of effort to apply and is best for an intermediate level DIYer.Pros and Cons:Pros:Affordable price per square footGreat coverage and durabilityWorks well on a range of surfaces (wood, concrete, composite)Available in smooth and textured finishesLow VOC: less than 50g/LCons:Fewer color options than other deck refinishing productsSix-hour drying time required between coatsMore Details:Excellent coverage on a range of surfaces, makes Kilz Over Armor an excellent deck resurfacer. Factors including mold and mildew resistance, few reports of peeling and cracking, and its ability to be used on both horizontal and vertical surfaces combine to make Over Armor one of our top choices. With a very affordable price tag and easy application this is a pick that even a beginner level DIYer on a tight budget will be thrilled with.READY SEAL STAIN AND SEALER FOR WOODWho this product is good for:Best for those looking to restore a deck stain rather than completely resurface their weathered wood, Ready Seal Stain and Sealer for Wood boasts a “goof proof” application, finished result that resists mildew, and can be applied under any temperature conditions. With an extremely fast drying time, Ready Seal can be used by even a novice DIYer.Pros and Cons:Pros:Fast drying time (45 minutes)“Goof-Proof” drip-free applicationEven CoverageLow VOC: less than 250g/LCons:Durability- fading occurs continuously over timeCoverage and durability not equal to other wood deck resurfacing productsMore Details:Because Ready Seal is an exterior wood stain, rather than a deck resurfacer, homeowners with minimal wear or damage to their wood surfaces can consider it a great option to transform the appearance of and protect their deck. From the easy, “goof-proof” and dripless application to the extremely fast drying time, Ready Seal is an excellent choice for both horizontal and vertical exterior wood surfaces. No priming is required and Ready Seal works well for a wide variety of project types. A very affordable cost and excellent mold and mildew prevention round out the reasons why Ready Seal Stain and Sealer for Wood is one of our top choices for homeowners hoping to restore a deck rather than replace it.BEHR PREMIUM ADVANCED DECKOVERWho this product is good for:Behr Premium Advanced DeckOver is a great choice for an intermediate level DIYer looking for the best deck resurfacer for weathered wood or concrete, especially in the most mold and mildew-prone areas. One gallon of this acrylic formula will cover a 75 sq. ft. area and fill cracks up to ¼ inch, creating a waterproof coating and rejuvenated appearance on a variety of surfaces.Pros and Cons:Pros:Coverage- Smooth finish levels cracks very well on variety of surfacesPrice- Budget-friendly costExcellent mildew resistance and prevention54 color options and three levels of textureLow VOC: less than 50g/LCons:Durability- Relatively new formula makes durability more difficult to determineDrying Time- Although this formula has a shortened drying time, 4-6 hours are still required between coatsMore Details:Behr Premium Advanced DeckOver replaced their former DeckOver product that earned mixed reviews. With the new formula, Advanced DeckOver produces a better result than its predecessor. This more viscous solution boasts better adhesion, better cracking resistance, a faster drying time, better flaw coverage, and fade resistance; while offering the same outstanding mold and mildew protection of the prior version. The 54 color options and custom color matching capability are available in three finishes—from smooth to extra textured—and all create a waterproof, slip-resistant surface. Applied with the recommended roller, it has a simple, splatter-resistant application process. Advanced DeckOver can be used on both horizontal and vertical surfaces, making it a great option for wooden deck rails and even porch ceilings.From a weathered wood deck resurfacing project to a concrete patio in need of a makeover, Behr Premium Advanced DeckOver is a great choice.TIPS TO REMEMBERAlthough there are numerous options for most deck refinishing needs, we think our picks for wood deck resurfacing options are the best for any budget or project size. All products chosen met our most important criteria for a high rating: affordable price, great coverage, durability, ease of application, and fast drying time. Some products appeared to meet all of our criteria and were considered, such as Rustoleum deck resurfacer, but were not included in this guide because of numerous reports of user dissatisfaction.Depending on the nature and severity of damage to the wood or level of wear, our top choices for deck refinishing produce a dramatic transformation for any DIY budget. Whether you choose one of our favorites or discover one of your own, keep in mind the important factors to consider outlined in this guide to find the best choice to keep your deck sturdy, secure, and looking great!
Can I tell y’all how much I love to create cutesy crafts? These super sweet and kinda sassy Patriotic Clay Pot Love Bugs went together in just about 30 minutes with simple supplies from Dollar Tree (and my craft stash)! Get the kiddos involved and then have some family fun time, being creative.
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
5 easy steps to frame a painting on canvas using offset clips and a back-loading frame.
I have posted recently here on Hometalk about pulling up carpet in our home, and painting the inside front door black. Lots of folks saw our picture shelves in those posts, and wanted to know exactly how we made them. We have these easy-to-make shelves all over our home and love that we don't need to hang the photos and art, and repair holes.Let’s make these!
Since buying my home, I have always wanted a workshop/craft space. Nothing extravagant, just somewhere that I can piddle and work on projects in my spare time. Ideally I would have loved to construct a garage, but the cost to construct a garage on our property just wasn’t worth it in the long-run. That being the case, I knew that I was going to have to get creative if I wanted to construct/have a workshop/crafting space. One early Saturday morning while everyone else was still asleep, as I stared out the window watching the birds and sipping on my coffee (sounds relaxing, right?! My favorite kind of mornings!) I suddenly had the idea to turn my 8x8 shed into a me-space”…no a “she-space”….oooh…no no… A “SHED SHED/CRAFT SHACK”!!! I purchased this shed a few months prior to this day from my local community college. I got an absolute deal on this shed and was ecstatic that I would be able to get even more use than I anticipated out of it! My absolute first step was to get rid of some of the shelves and items that I had stored in the shed. This is just the first step in my She Shed conversion, but here is how I did it!
In an effort to create some much needed storage for my children's bedroom that is also pretty, I updated an old dresser by adding Photowall's amazing wallpaper to it. This step-by-step blog post featuring picture and video tutorials showcases how to add wallpaper to an old Ikea dresser to create a custom and beautiful piece of furniture!
With the price of lumber so high I went through my scrap pile of wood so I could build our new cat his own getaway. I gathered a lot of ideas of what I wanted, measured the walls, and started building. At the end of this post is a video I made showing the whole process.
The weather is starting to get so pretty here in Alabama & that means I do absolutely everything possible outside.Last year I transformed our patio into an oasis, perfect for dinning & entertaining.The only thing missing was the soft glow of candlelight.And outdoor candles look extra glamorous in lanterns.
I love old road maps and have a stash of them at home that I keep for crafting. They are cheap craft paper, that can really add interest to a project. One of the most popular map crafts on my post is my pretty map roses.This time I decided to make some fun map buckets that I used as plant pot covers. They only took 10 mins to make and are waterproof as well as looking funky.
If you like organic fertilizers to make your plants even happier, check out this easy fertilizer based on yeast. Yeasts are single-celled fungi, they are everywhere in nature and can perform many ecological functions, like breaking down dead plant tissue and encouraging root growth.Yeast fertilizer can be used for indoor plants, outdoor plants and can be your best friend to grow your tomatoes this summer.Today, I will talk about how to use the yeast fertilizer for indoor plants and I will also leave some links for how to fertilize your outdoor plants and how to grow tomatoes using this technique.Bonus: Yeast is also good for compost. Especially if that bin is mostly filled with shredded leaves; yeast is alive with the kinds of organisms that naturally move the composting process along. Mix the yeast into all parts of the pile and make sure that the 'dry browns' in the pile are good and moist.
It's spring and I'm eager to work in my flower beds!! One of the projects on my to do list is to make a trellis for my Rose bush to climb on. Every year my Rose bush produces long runs and they always end up going behind the deck or up the foundation headed for the siding.I normally end up cutting the runs off and its a never ending cycle all summer long. So this year I will be able to use my new trellis and hopefully enjoy more blooms!This trellis also would be amazing for a veggie garden as well!
Whenever we would sit on our finished patio, all we could see was the eye-sore of our under deck. We didn’t like the look of traditional lattice but decided we needed to do something. We came across the idea to use wood slats and fell in love! This was an easy project that made a big impact on our outdoor space.
At the moment my wood scrap heap is getting too big, so I needed to thin it out. Barn quilts are a great project to make to use up your scraps. I had an old round table that I was given and thought it would be good to try a round barn quilt table.
I’m always talking about how much painting I knew I would have to do when we purchased our current home. It was builder beige EVERYwhere. And what wasn’t builder beige was just not quite right (but that’s a story for another post).One of the 1st rooms that really needed a change was the family room since we’d spend the most time in there. Here’s what it looked like when we viewed the house for the 1st time. It needs a lot – color, a fireplace makeover, better functionality (I’m really not a fan of niches – this designer’s nightmare).
Each spring I do a big landscaping update to the mulched bed sections of our front yard. I always have to wait until Mother’s Day for the maple helicopters to stop falling (we get a ton) before I can get started raking them up.This year I started the big project on Mother’s Day and ended up spending seven hours on the first day. Sometimes I like doing manual labor, ha!This is the before we were working with. One year old washed out mulch, overgrown lily patches, all the helicopters, and some random weeds.
I recently painted our bathroom & this shelf was already in the bathroom so the wall plugs and all were already in so today I decided it was time to put it back up!!! As my plants had nowhere to sit!!!also need to spray or paint my plant pots as they don’t match the bathroom decor!!!that’ll be another project!!!
I love to upcycle and reuse old maps, they are very affordable craft paper. There are so many fun things you can do with them. One of the most popular things I've made with them is beautiful roses (see here).This time I've used my old maps to create some beautiful moths for fun faux taxidermy wall art. You can give these as a gift if you use a map of somewhere special.